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How to Make Tie Backs for Drapes

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Blue/Gray Drapes and Tiebacks

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Category Sewing
Type Home Decor
Style Romantic, Classic, Retro / Vintage, Victorian / Steampunk, Traditional
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What materials did you use? Shimmering Blue/Gray Polyester Drapery Fabric, White Cotton Piping, Cuphooks, Safety Pins.

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What are you most proud of? We have 13 rooms in our old Victorian we are restoring. 10 rooms finished, and I have three rooms yet to repair walls cracks with web tape, durabond, and two skim coats of drywall compound, two coats of primer, two coats of latex enamel color, new ceilings, and added crown molding. We're into our 5th year of restoration saving this beautiful 120 year old home from decay. This house sat vacant for almost 40 years before we sought it out to own and restore. Another 10 years of decay and the house would have been torn down. We just couldn't let that happen. I am 60+ years old. I spent two summers on a bucket truck, scraping, priming, painting the exterior. There have been months of climbing scaffold like a monkey--scraping wallpaper and I am still thrilled to be a part of this restoration journey. New electrical, plumbing, and heating. We made no changes to the footprint of house. All the woodwork and door/window hardware are original. We've done the work ourselves. If you'd like to see hundreds of our restoration photos and our story, take a look at our website--1893victorianfarmhouse.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? How do I pick room colors for our old house restoration? First, I looked for bolts of fabric "on sale is always my goal." Create your own hand made drapes, lampshade covers, accessories, and select wall color from your inspiration bolt of fabric. When we bought our old Victorian, my husband made me promise I would not decorate rooms in pink with cabbage roses. At his suggestion I chose a pallet based on men's tailored suits in wall colors of charcoal, walnut brown, gunmetal blue/gray, and olive green. Other colors inspired me, and I like to think of them as men's ties in aged photo gold, barn red, lake blue/green. And there's no doubt how the rest of it falls into place with men's crisp shrits of white and off white in bedding, linens, and crown molding. Best wishes to you on all of your home projects. I hope each one is a success for you, and don't get upset by a mistake along the way. Sometimes my mistakes make me think "out-of the box" and often they turn out better than I'd planned.

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You must be proud of what you've accomplished! I would be! *: )

11/28/2012 Flag

What an inspiration you are, we'll done you x

11/29/2012 Flag

Very nice!!! :)

12/31/2012 Flag

Also, enjoyed the photos! Great job! I love picking paint colors

12/31/2012 Flag

can this tieback be purchased already made? trish325@msn.com

11/25/2014 Flag